Windows 10 New Features: Microsoft Hard At Works On 'Power Throttling' Feature That Extends Laptop Battery Life; See Details [VIDEO]
Despite just rolling out a well-received Windows 10 update, Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned in the bid to address a long-reigning problem with laptops. Let's delve straight into the details.
It's no secret that laptops, like most of the devices, are not spared from flaws. That being said, the portable personal computer has been associated with battery life draining issues for a long time. This issue stems essentially from running multiple apps in the background, but there might soon be a solution to it.
Microsoft is currently testing a Power Throttling feature that will conserve overall battery usage. This highly advantageous feature is being tested in latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16176, Gadgets 360 reported.
The Power throttling feature is expected to provide a considerable 11 percent savings in CPU power consumption, according to TheVerge's Tom Warren. It is important to bear in mind that the feature is compatible with machines running Intel sixth generation and above Core processors. In other words, only Skylake and Kaby Lake processors will be able to exploit this feature for now.
More often than not, applications running in the background can drain laptop's battery. In the new Insider Preview build 16176, Microsoft employed latest silicon capabilities to carry out background work in a more power-efficient way. In this way, the battery life is significantly enhanced without interfering with users' access to productive multitasking capabilities of Windows.
Thanks to Power Throttling, Windows can run CPU in its most energy-efficient operating modes and get work done by spending minimal possible battery on that task, Microsoft noted on its official blog. Windows 10 testers can currently access the said feature provided their notebook is powered either by Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake processor.
Aside from that, there's a power slider that lets users manually control throttling across the system. It's worth noting, though, the energy throttle will not be accessible when the laptop is plugged in since power management isn't as essential. Plus, a user can also choose specific apps to never throttle in case they want certain apps to continually run in the background.
The feature is expected to be included in the next Windows 10 update. Stay tuned in here for more Windows 10-related news and updates!